Friday, May 09, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest MAY 7, 2014

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NDP justifies forcing Ontario election
         'Ferocious talent' Farley Mowat dies at 92
New Brunswick bill aimed at balancing budgets
         Horwath says jobs, affordability top issues
Two-week blackout imposed on Ontario election political ads
         Navy warship sidelined by rust in hull
Hudak says Ontario election all about jobs
         Appeals court upholds Munyaneza conviction
Keep Russia out of OECD: trade minister
         Today on the Hill: GG answers 'Who Do You Love?,' awards Hawkins Order of Canada

Ontario election campaign begins officially
         Horwath faces pressure to increase NDP seats
Tory MPs raised concerns about TFW program as controversy vexes Conservatives
         Environmentalists barred again from oilsands hearings
Highlights of auditor's spring report
         Watchdog flags First Nations police problems
Annual freebies offered to MPs, staff include tickets, coins
         Anti-abortion candidates need not apply in 2015, Justin Trudeau says
Halifax navy officer guilty of desertion only fined $5K
         Did the PQ mislead Quebecers about the legality of its values charter?
Ontario Votes: Clement keeps up federal pressure on Wynne
         NATO commander Philip Breedlove meets Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson to talk Ukraine

Some senators not using computer security card at home
         Harassment case examines consequences of Internet wrath
Justin Trudeau's Liberals screening out candidates who won't take pro-choice stance on abortion
         Overreaching mandatory surcharge unconstitutional "broad brush" punishment
Nigeria asks Canada for equipment to help find abducted girls
         Senators poised to launch review of upper chamber's role
Stephen Harper's reckless smear of Canada's top judge
         Den Tandt: Stephen Harper a man with two sides ­ who broadcasts the wrong one
Russia's Vladimir Putin dials back tensions in Ukraine

         Quebec police arrest 69 in massive synthetic drug sweep involving 650 officers

NDP says it forced Ontario election because Liberals deserve 'penalty box'
         Global endangered species body launches review of Canadian polar bear trade
Vladimir Putin says Russian troops have pulled back from Ukraine border

         'Border Security' TV series films third season despite CBSA concerns, public complaints
Dad in-training: On parental relationships and Mother's Day

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Museum begins tough task of recovering whale carcasses 35 minutes ago
         Website maps businesses using temporary foreign workers in B.C. and Alberta 4 minutes 8 seconds ago
Canada offers Nigeria gear to help in search for kidnapped girls 1 hour 45 minutes ago
         Winnipeg police investigate cancelled 911 call that preceded homicide 2 hours 33 minutes ago
Ottawa to help telecom regulator defend new wireless code 38 minutes ago
         Marijuana and money are a magic combination at Vancouver conference 58 minutes ago
See a 25-year-old Elizabeth May on the 1979 TV game show 'Mindreaders' 8 hours ago
         Tim Hudak has cringe-worthy start to Ontario provincial election campaign 7 hours ago
Air Canada customers outraged at bumping to Rouge 8 hours ago
         Global endangered species body launches review of Canadian polar bear trade 1 hour 24 minutes ago

Trinity Western University takes its use of 'anti-gay' pledge back to court
         Winnipeg police investigate cancelled weekend distress call that preceded homicide
Protests shift to protocol: B.C. First Nations hail new way forward for business
         Formal 'caution' over Dr. Bernstein weight-loss advertising claims contested
More Lev Tahor kids returning to parents, leaving two kids in care
         Inaccessible Amherst courthouse irks disability advocate
Inuk woman takes liquor store refusal to human rights commission
         Yukon considers parking limits at Whitehorse airport

Harper takes a swing at the Supreme Court after losing yet another case | MAY 7 2014 | Priya Sarin, Pro Bono | A recent string of well deserved thrashings in court have demonstrated that the Supreme Court is truly an independent, non partisan body, able to act as a check on the Harper government's actions.
Growing outrage over government inaction on missing and murdered Aboriginal women | MAY 7 2014 | Roger Annis | New figures compiled by the RCMP show the number of murdered and missing Aboriginal women in Canada in the past 30 years is close to 1,200. The government has been saying it is half that number.
Finance minister's joint news conference with civil service union leader sure looked like total climb-down | MAY 7 2014| David J. Climenhaga | The PC Government of Alberta Premier Dave Hancock is desperately trying to press the reset button on two years of horrible relations with public sector unions under Alison Redford.
Tim Hudak's job-creation vision -- or, how not to create a million jobs | MAY 7 2014 | Jim Stanford | Though it seems like "common sense" in austerity ideology, Tim Hudak's claim that the best way to create jobs in Ontario is to balance the budget is devoid of economic content and credibility.
CUPE creates profiles of members in low-paid jobs
MAY 7 2014 | CUPE developed a snapshot of their workers making under $18 and found that women, Aboriginal members and racialized workers disproportionately make up low paid workers.
Federal health transfers: Myths and facts
MAY 7 2014| Several government MPs have used arguments about theHealth Accord that are misleading. Here are seven of those myths (with seven facts to explain what is going on!).
BC government urged to lower expectations for LNG-based 'Prosperity Fund'
MAY 7 2014 | The report 'Path to Prosperity?' looks at forecasts for Asian energy markets, time and cost associated with developing and the plan to earn royalties and finds all is not right.

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PMO suggested Justice Marc Nadon resign, join Quebec bar: sources
Justice Department suggests feds sought Binne's advice on Nadon two months before McLachlin flagged it

Lawyer in robocalls case says Elections Canada probe "fatally flawed"
         Veteran journalist Linden MacIntyre first high-profile casualty of CBC cuts
Alberta taxpayers paid $173,000 for plush Redford penthouse never built
         Layers of trouble in foreign workers program
Election debates play a critical role in campaigns and should be entrenched in law
         Tim Hudak 2.0 has a few bugs to work out if he wants to win the Ontario election

The Fight between PM Harper and Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin was inevitable
         Attacking the Supreme Court, the Conservatives sink to a new low
Can Jim Prentice save the Alberta Tories?
         Stephen Harper a man with two sides ­ who broadcasts the wrong one
Much is at stake in Trinity-Spadina
         Honour veterans? Help them find jobs
Politics? Travel expenses? In Quebec, a charity in crisis

Wynne's attack on Harper's pension misplaced
         Extreme ideology won't help Ontario
Outspoken Ottawa judge poised to acknowledge misconduct over Facebook comments
         Persistent McIver a force to be reckoned with in Tory leadership race
Rough ride for taxpayers ends with paving plant sale
         One man's 'hate' is another man's faith
NDP MPs' letters contradict party's stand on temp worker program
         Trudeau and Harper tied on preferred PM front

Prime Minister denies disrespecting Chief Justice
         New Liberal Ad Says Trudeau Is 'Getting Ready To Lead'
Ontario Votes: Clement keeps up federal pressure on Wynne
         Senate finds Colin Kenny didn't harass former employee
Border officer fired for association with convicted criminal
         Baird warns UN council about new food envoy
Federal departments got clearance to hire temporary foreign workers

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Israeli PM Pushes Constitutional Law on Jewish Exclusivity
         Is Ukraine Descending into Civil War?
What to Do Next About Global Warming? - Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
         Nuclear Winter - Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Koch Brothers Are The Largest Foreign Lease Holder of Canadian Oil Sands
         Big Banks Caught Red Handed but Continue to Avoid Prosecution
TRNN Debate: Can Fracking Help The U.S. Move Away From Fossil Fuel Consumption?
         Bill Moyers: Net Neutrality, the Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power
\"We Need to End the Fossil Fuel Age\": Music Legend Neil Young Protests Keystone XL Oil Pipeline
         Dryden - The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game

Occupy Wall Street on Trial: Cecily McMillan Convicted of Assaulting Cop, Faces Up to Seven Years
         Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalist Details Abu Ghraib Torture & Why He\'s Suing U.S. Contractor CACI
Vermont Becomes The First State to Pass Resolution to Reverse U.S. Supreme Court\'s Citizens United Decision
         Bill Moyers: Net Neutrality, the Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power

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Putin Orders Feared Alpha Troops To Ukraine, Declares "Red War" Now In Progress Source
         UK PM Finds God, Bans Bishops, Priests, Crutches and the Poor Source
Not Liking Mexican Food is Racist – Mark Dice Source
         US top official heading to Europe over more Russia sanctions Source
NATO kick-starts mega drills with 6000 troops in Estonia Source

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Dozens of FBI, CIA agents in Kiev 'assisting Ukraine security' (Google subscribers: Google Filter Instructions for CLG Newsletter.)

         Putin calls for end to Kiev's military operation, postponing referendum in E. Ukraine 07 May 2014 Ukrainian right-wing groups are behind the recent events in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Kiev has not disarmed them. He also called on anti-Kiev protesters to postpone a May 11 federalization referendum. "Russia believes that the crisis, which originated in Ukraine and is now actively developing in accordance with the worst-case scenario, is to be blamed on those who organized the coup in Kiev on 22-23 February and still do not care to disarm the right-wing and nationalist elements," the president said.
         Dozens injured, fatalities on both sides in ongoing military op in Slavyansk 05 May 2014 There were fatalities among both Kiev loyalists and local militia members after government troops renewed the crackdown on the defiant eastern Ukrainian protester stronghold of Slavyansk. Over a dozen of people have been killed, including some civilians. There was a shooting on the outskirts of Slavyansk as pro-government troops raided a protester checkpoint on Monday.
         Demo held in Moscow in memory of Odessa killings 05 May 2014 Thousands of Russians have rallied in memory of those who have lost their lives in the Ukrainian city of Odessa as the unrest in the port city is escalating. The Monday rally in Moscow came two days after dozens of people were killed in Odessa. On May 2, nearly 70 people were killed and hundreds of others injured after the Ukrainian forces launched a military operation against pro-Russia protesters, who are in control of several eastern cities.
         Moscow releases 'White Book' on human rights abuses in crisis-torn Ukraine 05 May 2014 A report on human rights violations, law abuses, use of torture, inhuman treatment and other crimes in Ukraine from the end of November 2013 to the end of March 2014, a so called 'White Book', has been presented by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The authors compiled their facts by carefully monitoring Ukrainian, Russian and some Western media reports.
         Heads up! CIAciopaths are staging kidnappings and false flags so US corpora-terrorists can steal Nigeria's oil: Western intervention will turn Nigeria into an African Afghanistan 06 May 2014 ...[W]e should be wary of the narrative now emerging. This follows a wearily familiar pattern, one we have already seen in south Asia and the Middle East, but that is increasingly being applied to Africa as well. It is the refrain that something must be done and that "we" – the enlightened west – must be the people to do it...The call has been for western intervention to help find the girls, and to help "stabilise" Nigeria in the aftermath of their kidnap. The British government has offered "practical help".
         Global warming a dangerous reality, government study shows 06 May 2014 Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. Climate change Global warming's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond," the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes that warming and all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, using the phrase "climate disruption" as another way of saying global warming.

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Ukraine: Cancel the Presidential Election! (It's The Wrong Kind)
         The Disastrous U.S. Habit to Rush Elections
How to Manage China
         America's TPP: Let the Buyer Beware
The Transatlantic World is Falling Apart
         U.S.-Russia: Seeking Salvation in Sanction
Outside War: Syria's Women and Children Carry On, Abroad
         President Obama's Pirouettes in Asia
Pfizer: Tax Havens or Bust!
         The Curious Source of U.K. Competitiveness

Asian Buyers Need to be Wary of TPP Agreement
         Yes We Can: How Eisenhower Wrestled Down the U.S. Warfare State
Thank you, Mr. Putin!
         Alibaba Goes Searching for Treasure (via U.S. IPO)


Brutalité policière: deux arrestations à un rassemblementPlus
         Nigeria: Ottawa disposé à fournir de l'aidePlus
APN: Ghislain Picard nommé porte-parole de l'exécutifPlus
         Avortement: Trudeau veut des candidats pro-choixPlus
Une famille de Lev Tahor retrouvera la garde de ses enfantsPlus
         Une plaque à la mémoire des victimes du caporal LortiePlus
Exécutions aux États-Unis: la fin du «secret d'État»?Plus
         Désiré Munyaneza perd en Cour d'appelPlus
Montréal: l'opposition demande la résiliation d'un contratPlus
         Le flou demeure concernant les régimes de retraitePlus

Les médecins appelés à contribuer à l'effort budgétairePlus
         Traitée de «grosse qui a de la misère à chanter» par un éluPlus
Québec évoque un déséquilibre fiscal avec Ottawa Plus
         Les ingénieurs de la Ville de Montréal haussent le tonPlus
Une amende salée pour avoir klaxonné près du Centre BellPlus
         La route de St-Donat, un projet «non-standard»Plus
Un sandwich au jambon, fromage et cocaïnePlus
         Ukraine: Poutine demande de reporter le référendumPlus
La première ministre thaïlandaise destituéePlus
         Nigeria: nouveau massacre et mobilisation internationalePlus

«Le centre de thérapie est formidable»Plus
         Vaste opération antidrogue à Montréal et au SaguenayPlus
Uruguay: le président signe la loi légalisant la marijuanaPlus
         Whissell aurait «fait pression» sur un fonctionnaire du MTQPlus
Avocats proches de Coderre: contrat sans appel d'offresPlus
         Élection présidentielle: l'Ukraine réclame l'aide de l'Occident Plus
Péage: Stephen Harper doit reculer, dit Denis CoderrePlus


Aase and I shall be Grandparenting
Friday  to Friday
as Grandchildren*s parents vacation


From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: A great man

Beloved Canadian author Farley Mowat dead at 92

From: "S Booiman"
Subject: figure

Earlier today Global BC quoted that the head office of
JACOBS in Montreal is closing down stores across the country
the reason given what that it could not find new investors
??who would invest in a unilingual province???
Tonight Global gave a list of reasons, like international
competition, cheap competitors and so on. Also saying
that Chateau is loosing money.
Do they ever look at matters deeper before reporting?

From: Mahmood Elahi
Subject: To understand Trudeau's inexperience not a factor, look at Britain's Pitt the Younger

The Editor
The Toronto Star
Copy to: Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President, Forum Research.
To understand why Trudeau's inexperience not a factor, look at Britain's Pitt the Younger
Re News Report:: "Conservative attack ads against Trudeau not working: poll," by Donovan Vincent (May 2).
Donovan Vincent quotes Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, saying: "These negative ads suggesting the Liberal leader is inexperienced backfired the last time they were aired, and they're backfiring again," To understand why Conservative attack ads aboutTrudeau's inexperiennce  is backfiring, a look at Britain's youngest prime minister Pitt the Younger may be in order.
Two of Britain's most famous prime ministers are father and son -- William Pitt the Elder and William Pitt the Younger. Together, they laid the foundation of the great British Empire. Wiliam Pitt the Elder became prime minister in 1756 when the Seven Years' War with France was going badly. He turned the tide and successfully carried the world's first global war against France, driving the French from India and Canada, and laid the foundation of the British Empire. But he opposed taxing the American colonies and when his cociliation proposal, which would have allowed colonial legislatures to raise their taxes, was rejected, he withdrew from politics altogether. Following in his footsteps, his son, William Pitt the Younger, became prime minister at the tender age of 24. He reformed the Indian administration, abolished slavery and signed a reciprocal trade treaty with France. In short, he consolidated the empire founded by his father.
Trudeau the Younger shares many traits with Pitt the Younger. Like younger Pitt, he is the son of one of Canada's most famous prime ministers. Like Pitt the Younger, he is charismatic. Although not as young as Pitt the Younger, he is young enough to satisfy the public yearning for a new and fresh leader. Moreover, after eight years of Harper government, most voters want a change. It is said that coming events cast their shadows before them and it is clear that Trudeau the Younger will win the coming election in a landslide.
Subject: Mighty  China poised to dominate impoverished Russia and bankrupt America

The Editor
Financial Times, London, England
Copy to: Mr. Martin Wolf, Columnist for Financial Post.
Mighty China poised to dominate both impoverished Russia and bankrupt America
Re Analysis: "On the top of the world," by Martin Wolf and David Pilling (May 3-4).
Both Martin Wolf and David Pilling seem not to realise that China has already eclipsed America as the world's most dynamic economy. While the United States is a declining superpower, China is a fast rising one. Although the United States remains the world's No 1 military superpower, itts economic weakness and dependence on China to bankroll its massive budget deficits makes it a fragile giant. You cannot spend hundreds of billions of dollars while borrowing trillions of dollars from China and then confront China.
In 2011, I spent a month visiting Shanghai, Beijing and other cities of China. It was a rewarding experience to see the world's most populous country on the march. With its Maglev (magnetically-levitated) trains running at a breakneck speed of 430 kilometres per hour, Shanghai looks like a city of the future. No other city in the world has grown like Shanghai. Home to 10 million people (compared to New York City's 8 million)  in 1994, Shanghai is now a megapolis of 23 million. Maglev connects Pudong Central Business District with the Shanghai International Airport -- 30 kilometres away -- in eight minutes ( it takes an hour to commute from downtown Manhattan to the JFK International Airport, same distance away).
By 2010, China achieved many important milestones: it overtook Japan as the world's second largest economy; it overtook the United States as Japan's biggest trading partner; it overtook Japan as South Korea's biggest trading partner; it overtook the United States as the world's largest trading nation and it also overtook the United States as the world's biggest market for cars. In fact, China is now bankrolling America's trillion-dollar budget deficit.
And all this happened at a warped speed. As Maurice Ohana, CEO of Ohanasia, a French trading company in Shanghai, remarked: "In 1998, we didn't even have Coca-Cola here and everyone got around on bikes. Now [the Chinese] are buying more cars than the Americans and all cities have an efficient and extensive subway system."
I saw China's industrial might while visiting Shanghai's huge container port -- the world's largest. As far as the eye could see, a forest of red cranes was loading and unloading ships of all sizes with robotic precision. It was an intimidating display of China's rising industrial might at a time when most developed countries were mired in a recession. Although China was also affected by the global recession, its economy quickly rebounded after the injection of a huge stimulus package to improve the infrastructure and public works.
One outcome of the stimulus spending was the expansion of China's high-speed train system which is now powering the domestic economy.I  had the opportunity to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by the ultra-modern high-speed train. Arriving to the minute, the train was an epitome of efficiency. Traveling at a top speed of 300 kilometres an hour, the landscape outside was a cinematic blur, reaching Shanghai -- 1,200 kilometres away in five hours.
High speed trains are transforming the industrial landscape of China. It has opened up China's vast hinterland for industrial and market expansion. Just five years after China's high-speed rail system opened, it is carrying twice as many passengers each month as the country's domestic airlines. As the New York Times reported on Sept. 24, 2013: "With traffic growing 28 percent a year for the last several years, China's high-speed rail network will handle more passengers by early next year than the 54 million people a month who board domestic flights in the United States." China is now entering into a new phase of high-speed rail link up with Europe wheni in 2011, the Trans-Eurasia Railway went into operation. Connecting Chongqing in Southeastern China to Duisburg, Germany, the route traverses Shaanxi, Gansu and Xinjiang before entering Kazakastan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. The route is likely to stimulate the economies of all these countries. Now Chinese made television sets, laptop computers and other high-tech products can be exported to Europe at a drastically reduced time and European high-value products like the Italian-designer high fasion cloths, German and French wines, Scotch whisky and even luxury cars like Jaguar, BMW, Fararie can be sent to China  by land economically. It will also speed up tourism among these countries, With $100 billion spending abroad, the Chinese tourists have already overtaken the Americans ($86 billion) and Germans ($80 billion) as the world's biggest spenders abroad.
But this will depend on peaceful relations between these countries. The current controversy over Russia's annexation of Crimea and instigating separatist violence among Russian-speaking minority in Ukraine might threaten the entire project and Russia would be the ultimate victim of its own intransigence over Ukraine.
In Shanghai, I had an interesting discussion with a fluently English-speaking graduate student at Shanghai University. We talked about China's rise as an economic superpower and its implications for the world. He was very upbeat and told me that China's rise has been peaceful. When I asked him what did he think about China's relations with Russia which was a communist country before, he told me they are very good and getting better. China is already Russia's biggest trading partner. Then he told me that despite its one-child policy, China is an overpopulated country and needs land to expand, and Russia should sell its vast largely underpopulation areas in the far east in the same way it sold Alaska to the U.S. in the 19th century. I told him it seems to be a good idea, provided Russia agrees to it. He replied it is inevitable as Russia, with only 140 million people, simply doesn't have the manpower to develop the world's largest landmass.
At the time, I thought it was a wishful thinking on the part of a young graduate student, but after Putin's annexation of Crimea on historical and ethnic grounds, I am having a second thought. It may be recalled that in the 19th century, China was forced large areas to Russia under unequal treaties. China has not forgotten the humiliation. Now, by annexing Crimea, Putin might have created a precedent for a powerful China to reclaim its lost territories. The student is right -- an impoverished Russia doesn't have the manpower and financial resources needed to develop these near-empty lands on its own. It may have no choice to lease these areas to China.
In many ways, both Russia and the United States are dependent on a booming China. China is heavily bankrolling America's massive budget deficits and without China's largess, the United States will face a financial crunch of epic proportions. Without China's lending the United States would be foced to make massive spending cuts, including drastic cuts in its military spending. In any case, the United States is increasingly unwilling to exert its military clout. Exhausted by two bloody wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, most the US is suffering from what can be called the "terminal combat fatigue syndrome" : the reluctant to shed any more American blood and treasure in distant lands. Most Americans, including the political classes on the right and on the left, are opposed to any involvement in conflicts in far-off lands. The right is opposed to such military involement because it will cost money. The left is opposed because it will cost blood. This explains why the United States rejected any military intervention in Syrian civil war which has been going on for last three years. This also explains why U.S. President Barack Obama refuses to draw any "red line" to any Iranian uranium-enrichment programme, despite pressures from Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.
Facing the twin pressures of combat fatigue and a financial crunch, the US military clout has lost its intrinsic values. America's allies are deeply skeptical about America's will to use its military might. As Mr. Netanyahu recently: "Only Israel can guarantee its security." China may not be willing to display its fast-growing military might, but it can use its economic clout in a way a bankrupt America cannot. In short, China will dominate an impoverished Russia and a bankrupt America. It may be already doing so.

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Oliver says he didn't intrude on Ontario vote

Oliver says he didn't intrude on Ontario vote

Finance Minister Joe Oliver warns that new pension contributions from employees and employers would hurt Ontario's weakened economy and kill jobs. If that is the case, then where does this money go?  Instead of pseudo-investing pension funds in potential stock market bubbles, the obvious answer is to reduce the current payroll deductions and thereby stimulate the economy which currently has 1.3 million unemployed and is suffering from lack of demand.  The pensions that the federal government can comfortably distribute at any time will depend on the size of the economy at the time, not on any accounting records of prior contributions. Paradoxically, we are better off with lower contributions today that put more people to work creating a bigger pie, than higher contributions which only pretend to fund seniors in the future.


1. Kudos For The Payroll Tax Holiday, Let's Make It Permanent

The real purpose of the payroll tax is NOT to "fund" a "pay as you go" scheme, but to prevent wage earners from consuming all the output, so something is left for those who do not work. Today we are far below full employment, so we do not need to reduce consumption of current workers­rather we need to put more people to work to produce goods and services for the elderly. If we should ever get to full employment, then we will need higher taxes.

2. Pension Funds Are So Big They'll Create A Bubble In Any Market ...!JnCzq

To conclude, pension funds are so large that they will bubble-up any financial market they are allowed to enter­and what goes up must come down. The problem really is that what Hyman Minsky called managed money (including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, university endowments, money market funds, etc), taken as a whole, is simply too large to be supported by the nation's ability to produce output and income necessary to provide a foundation for the financial assets and debts that exist.
Modern Monetary Theory in Canada - website
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Auditor general: Government pension plans' long-term survival at risk, Kathryn May, May 6,  2014

Re:  Auditor general: Government pension plans' long-term survival at risk, Kathryn May, May 6, 2014

The federal government owns the Bank of Canada, has unlimited fiscal capacity in Canadian dollars, and will always be able to make any  payments required by its pension plans. There is no issue of "sustainability".  The real issues involve equity among different classes of workers, and also what those payments will actually buy in real terms.

Solving the first issue would likely require a massive increase in the CPP program so that all workers have the same solid base of retirement income, with less burden placed on private plans.

The second issue requires that the federal government fund infrastructure and direct job creation so that the biggest pie is available to share with retirees. The current balanced budget fixation locks us into a wasteful under-productive economy with over 1.3 million Canadians not in any pension plan because they are unable to find work.

In looking at the impact of pension liabilities on the federal government, the Auditor General needs to suggest measures that improve the overall health of the forest, and not just the condition of a few individual trees.


1. Allan Greenspan, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair
"[A] government cannot become insolvent with respect to obligations in its own currency. A fiat money system, like the ones we have today, can produce such claims without limit."

2. The Case Against Intergenerational Accounting
.....whether we are setting fuel taxes or payroll taxes, the tax rate should be administered in such a manner that it achieves the public interest, not with a view to matching spending in any particular federal program. Likewise, when deciding how much to spend on transportation or Social Security, the program budget should be set to achieve the public purpose, rather than constraining spending to projected receipts from a specific tax.....

3. Kudos For The Payroll Tax Holiday, Let's Make It Permanent

The real purpose of the payroll tax is NOT to "fund" a "pay as you go" scheme, but to prevent wage earners from consuming all the output, so something is left for those who do not work. Today we are far below full employment, so we do not need to reduce consumption of current workers­rather we need to put more people to work to produce goods and services for the elderly. If we should ever get to full employment, then we will need higher taxes.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: L'etat, c'est Steve. ..Canada is a dictatorship in the making .... [and]
            ON TARGET : Bellicose blustering will do nothing to scare Russian bear

L'etat, c'est Steve

By Michael Harris | May 4, 2014 9:16 pm
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper attacks the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in broad daylight, there is a question Canadians need to answer fairly soon.
What's it going to be: a modern democracy or a Steve's banana republic of the north?
Steve likes people docile. He appears to have tamed a lot of the realm. He kicks, the subjects cringe.
He kicks some more, they slip into the woods of indifference. They are so disconnected that they no longer hear the screams of the other kickees: Linda Keen, Bill Casey, Kevin Page, Marc Mayrand, even Sheila Fraser ­ and now, and now, Beverley McLachlin, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The train wreck of the Harper government continues to roll down the mountainside, crushing body after body, yet no one utters the right word. Allow me. Canada is a dictatorship in the making....
Based on his actions, the PM is a misanthropic powermonger who misread 1984; the hero was Winston Smith, Steve, not Big Brother. This PM has so many fundamentally warped ideas about Canada that it won't be long before he appears in public in a uniform....
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ON TARGET: Bellicose blustering will do nothing to scare Russian bear
Published May 4, 2014 - 3:02pm
Last Updated May 5, 2014 - 6:42am

With Canada ramping up its war of words against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, it takes very little scrutiny to discover that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird are all bark and no bite....
If the Russians are taking any notice of Canada's reaction, they must be wondering why Harper and Baird are shouting so loudly when we are evidently capable of actually doing so little.
Not helping Canada's pledge of full support to the interim Ukraine government is the fact that the neo-fascist, right-wing elements of that coalition continue to celebrate their Nazi heritage. On April 27, in the western Ukraine city of Lvov, several hundred young men and women marched to commemorate the creation of the 14th Waffen SS Galician Division in 1943....
With the passage of time, and with the full knowledge of the horrors of the Holocaust, service in the Waffen SS is not something that should be celebrated. The right wing extremists amid the Ukrainian governing parties may be the minority, but they are also by far the most militant.
When Baird announced that Canada was a "player, not a referee" in this crisis, he might have been better advised to see who else was on the team roster.
It is not Russian propaganda when militant Ukrainians herald their SS forefathers. It is frightening....
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